For me it's 40 / 60 thing,,,I use the scroll saw more than the band saw I think..
but you are right about buying a toy band saw..
A 14" band saw will do many jobs well plus you can get one for about 225.oo bucks or less..I can't tell you the last time I used it to resaw any lumber most go over the hill with a big band saw and only use it for that job just now and then..but if you are into inlay work it's must have tool but not for most home work shops...when you can buy stock that's all ready to go in the thin sizes...if you look at the bottom line,,you buy thick stock resaw it down then buy a tool to get it down to the right size (lets say 3/8"/1/2" )and that 3/8" thick board ,just cost you a ton of money,,most like to have book match stock but it's a ton of money to make, and I think most home shop workers just use 3/4" thick stock most of the time..
Because of the high cost of thin stock..but I also think many wood home shops get to that point after time..once they put out the big bucks to do the job..I think many start out with the toy tools and then upgrade to the bigger tools but a good scroll saw is one of the tools you will have for a long time..
I think most use the band saw to cut round / circel or to say not a strait lines and the scroll saw can put the band saw to shame when it comes to that job..
Plus the blades are hard to break and are cheap so to speak..they make so many great blades for the scroll saw and you will be amaze how many and how well they cut..just as a note I don't recall breaking a blade,I do wear them out or cook them now and then..like using a small blade when I should have use a thicker blade..
below you will see a small list of blades you can get for the scroll saw.. Mike's Workshop selling Flying Dutchman brand fret and scrollsaw blades
The blade is the key for most scroll saws .even with a cheap scroll saw they make a big.diff.like day and night..
But I will say the only tool I can use to make the plugs for the pocket holes is the band saw
, I did make a jig so I don't need to buy them any more,,many like to use the Kreg pocket screws like I do but I don't like buying the plugs that work so well but they are not cheap but now they are little bit of dowel rod and I 50 or so with the band saw, I just need to come up with a way to make the plastic ones that also look well on the out side of the joint..when I can't hide the pocket hole,,,,
You totally missed my point. Yes! You can get good scroll saws for less than $500 IF you happen to find a good deal on e-bay, craig's list, etc., but if Nicolas buys the scroll saw he posted a picture of he will be sorely disappointed in it's performance, or lack there of. I, and probably most who have a band saw and a scroll saw, use the band saw at least 10 times more than the scroll. I think of the scroll saw as a specialty tool where as a band saw is considered a main stay in most woodworking shops be they professional or hobby.